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Welcome back to Hitter List. Every Wednesday during the regular season, I’ll rank the current value of the top 150 hitters for the remainder of the year. Use these rankings to help get a sense of both a player’s expected performance and his trade value in your fantasy leagues moving forward. They’re constructed with 12-teamer, H2H, 5×5 leagues in mind; adjust as needed for your specific setup. Position eligibility does factor in to a degree.
We’re at just about the halfway mark for the 2018 season, which means that adjustments to the List will become more aggressive than they’ve been previously. Rest assured that any rankings you vehemently disagree with were explicitly an attempt to insult you and/or your favorite player(s) personally. Seriously, before you work yourself into a rage in the comment section, understand that this is only one person’s opinion. I’m wrong a lot! Comes with the territory of doing this sort of thing.
On to the highlights!
- You’ll notice some significant movement for several players this week – since this endeavor is a zero-sum game, that has a cumulative effect on the ranks of others. In other words, a two- or three-spot swing is probably less reflective of that player than those around him.
- Injury roundup: The big blows since last week’s installment were Gary Sanchez, Lorenzo Cain, and Kris Bryant. Sanchez’s groin strain will keep him out of action until after the All-Star break, while Cain (strained groin, hamstring tightness, various other bumps and bruises) likely won’t require an extended stay on the disabled list. As for Bryant, he apparently hurt his shoulder on a slide about a month ago, which might explain his June swoon. He’s eligible to return early next week and there seems to be optimism he’ll be able to do so. Francisco Cervelli was placed on the 7-day concussion DL as well.
- Speaking of: Lots of movement for catchers this week, most of it downward. I’ve wrestled with how much weight to give positional scarcity pretty much all season, and finally came to the conclusion that I was overdoing it. So while Evan Gattis’ recent excellence has him moving up considerably, major corrections were due for Buster Posey, Willson Contreras, Salvador Perez, and Yasmani Grandal. None are performing well enough to justify their previous spots on the list, position eligibility be damned.
- Effectively throwing in the towel on a trio of second basemen I’d previously been stubborn about: Jonathan Schoop, Ian Happ, and Brian Dozier have been major disappointments, and the data doesn’t offer much reason for optimism. There’s still talent, track record, or both for all three guys, but with half the season in the books, it’s time for them to earn their keeps.
- With Domingo Santana demoted to the minors, the Brewers appear committed to playing Jesus Aguilar every day. The profile is fantastic; his previous rankings were more due to uncertainty around his playing time. With those concerns seemingly nullified, he’s this week’s biggest riser.
- New to or back on the List this week: Derek Dietrich, Ryon Healy, and Michael Taylor. Dietrich offers versatility (he’s eligible at four positions) and is swinging a hot bat over the past month (.396/.440/.670, six home runs). Healy’s season has been up and down, and we’re firmly in an up phase at the moment (.306/.358/.571, four homers in the past two weeks). Finally, Taylor has hit .355/.402/.500 and stolen 12 (!) bases in the last 30 days, which combined with the Nationals easing Adam Eaton back into action has kept Taylor in the lineup most days.
- Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Villar, Randal Grichuk, Kiké Hernandez, Kevin Kiermaier, and Manuel Margot.
Now that Donaldson is out until at least the end of July, meaning that he’ll play no more than eight of the remaining ~12 weeks, does his “63” more or less equate to being ranked around 95?
He’ll be bumped down significantly with that news, broke after I’d finalized this week’s rankings.
I own Harper, Bryant, Devers, and Gallo. This list hurt me.
It sounds like you were already in pain!
Lots of big movement.. I like it.
Nellie Cruz is on the DL – I bet you missed that.
Cruz not listed on the DL, day-to-day for the time being.
Yeah, you are right. I swear I saw a DL icon next to his name in Yahoo… which I thought was surprising.
He’s not on the DL, he’s been day-to-day. Expected to play Thursday.
No concern with Moustakas? Because I am concerned.
Anticipating a bounceback and a potential boost from trade next month.
I think you are right in taking those catchers down a peg FWIW. Yes, there is a big division between the elite and the platoon guys… but the elite don’t win you leagues generally speaking.
Upton feels really overranked to me. I would much rather have Cain for example, and a lot of other guys below him. Upton and Acuna feels like a wash to me.
Upton’s results have been solid – on pace for 35 HR, ~90 R/RBI, 8 SB. He’s improved as the year has progressed. Statcast data looks great, too.
Thank you for no longer having Jesus Aguilar ranked behind Albert Pujols. This brings me much joy.
How Rizzo is ranked 17th is beyond me. He’s been atrocious this season and I will forever hate myself for keeping him over the likes of Blackmon and JoRam.
Might be a touch high, but the metrics still look good, the track record is inarguable, and he’s hit .268/.365/.497 with good counting stats since the end of that nightmare April.
What gives with the big drop for Dee Gordon? Did something happen to him?
Felt I’d been overvaluing his SB as he’s not really scoring at usual pace and is as usual a complete zero in HR/RBI.
Jose Peraza not even in the honorable mentions?
And where is Heyward? He’s killing it right now.